Kevin Mallory Wikipedia
Kevin Mallory, 62, was found guilty of several spying offenses following a two-week trial last June.
Former CIA officer has been jailed for 20 years for disclosing military secrets to a Chinese agent, the US justice department says.
Former CIA officer Kevin Mallory was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for spying for the Chinese government.
“This case is one in an alarming trend of former U.S. intelligence officers being targeted by China and betraying their country and colleagues,” AAG Demers said. pic.twitter.com/N3Q6DbdCmo
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The fluent Mandarin speaker from Leesburg, Virginia, held a top-level security clearance and had access to sensitive documents.
He was convicted of selling secrets to China for $25,000 (£19,600).
Evidence at his trial included a surveillance video which showed him scanning classified documents onto a digital memory card at a post office.
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He also traveled to Shanghai to meet with a Chinese agent in March and April 2017, the justice department said.
“Mallory not only put our country at great risk, but he endangered the lives of [people] who put their own safety at risk for our national defense,” US attorney Zachary Terwilliger said in a statement.
“This case should send a message to anyone considering violating the public’s trust and compromising our national security,” he added. “We will remain steadfast and dogged in pursuit of these challenging but critical national security cases.”
The Justice Department said Mallory held a number of sensitive jobs with government agencies.
Kevin Mallory, a former CIA officer has been handed a 20 year jail term for spying for China, disclosing top military secrets to the country for a mere 25,000 U.S. dollars. pic.twitter.com/YuycNGHCgX
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He had worked as a covert case officer for the CIA and as an intelligence officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
“This case is one in an alarming trend of former US intelligence officers being targeted by China and betraying their country and colleagues,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers said following the sentencing.
Earlier this month, ex-CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee pleaded guilty to spying for China. Prosecutors said the naturalized US citizen was paid to divulge information on US covert assets.
And last June, former US intelligence officer Ron Rockwell Hansen was also charged with attempting to spy for China.
He attempted to pass on the information and received at least $800,000 (£600,000) for acting as a Chinese agent, the justice department said at the time.
For technical wizards the court filings in ex-CIA Kevin Patrick Mallory (sentenced to 20 years today for espionage) offer detailed analysis of a tailored “covcom” device used to communicate with PRC agent (77 pages)https://t.co/JmmwtVfMFu (5MB) pic.twitter.com/LBgNWVLpOI
— _Cryptome_ (@_cryptome_) May 17, 2019
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Kevin Mallory was convicted under the Espionage Act for selling classified US “defense information” for $25,000
- Mallory, 62, met with a Chinese intelligence agent during trips to Shanghai in March and April 2017
- He was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for spying for China in a case called part of an “alarming trend” in the US intelligence community
- The fluent Mandarin speaker had served in the US army, then as a special agent for the security service of the State Department
- He later became a covert case officer for the Central Intelligence Agency
- Mallory is one of several US officials with high-level security clearances arrested and charged over unsanctioned dealings with Chinese intelligence